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    Heizer Defense to preview itty-bitty .45 at USCCA Expo

    Heizer Defense to preview itty-bitty .45 at USCCA Expo

    PKO 45

    Heizer Defense has promised a roll-out of the PKO-45, its new subcompact, at the U.S. Concealed Carry Association Expo in Atlanta, which begins Friday.

    The gun holds 5+1 rounds with its flush magazine, and two more with the extended mag. It’s made for concealment, with a curvy design to avoid snagging on clothes. At 0.8 inches wide, it’s very slim.

    Apparently foreseeing recoil-related challenges, Heizer Defense built some mitigating features into the gun. It’s made entirely of U.S. aerospace-grade stainless steel, and is heavy — about 25 ounces. Construction includes a fixed barrel under the guide rod, lowering bore axis in comparison to most semi-auto handguns.

    The gun has two safety devices. A passive grip safety is on the front strap, and there’s an ambi thumb-operated lever. Operation is single action with an internal hammer.

    The rollout will be followed by a trip back to the shop, however. Heizer Defense will offer testing of the PKO-45 next week at the USCCA Expo live fire range, but Consumers will have to wait until September to see the PKO-45 on distributors’ shelves.

    When Heizer did its initial announcement of the PKO at SHOT Show 2016, a 9mm version was also reportedly in the works. No word on that yet.

    The company told Guns.com that the PKO-45 will retail for $899.
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

    #2
    Im showing this to my wife. Ive always told her big things come in small packages.

    Seriously, my XDs in .45 was a bear to shoot, I can only imagine this...

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      #3
      Makes a Glock look like the Prom Queen.
      "Except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall God governs in the affairs of men. I have lived, Sir, a long time..."
      Ben Franklin, arguably our least faith driven founding father

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        #4
        These are the same guys that have the pocket AR and Pocket AK. Was afraid this was going to be single shot... Would like to see it next to a shield or G43.

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          #5
          It's interesting. I'll take a look when it comes out. It's .2" thinner than the Kahr P45 (which is huge), and 7 oz. heavier.
          "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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            #6
            Looks like fun...to carry, not shoot. Maybe for back-up, but I cannot see a .45 having that much recoil mitigation, even if they made it heavy. In a perfect world, it would make a helluva back-up, because recoil most likely won't matter in SHTF situations, with adrenaline taking over. But is it a good backup if practice with it sucks? My friend has an ulra-lite scandium S&W .357, and he wanted me to buy it from him after the first day he shot it, using .38 special. I put about 7 or 8 .357's through it, and it was just no fun, even with the .38's. I wouldn't buy it, because it was a waste of money, and I told him not to buy it in the first place. Meanwhile, I will be checking out the Heizer the minute they are released!
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              #7
              I have the AMT Backup in .45ACP. NOT a pistol to shoot more than a dozen rounds at a time, and you do that only so you can be assured of basic competency with it. It's a backup gun or a gun that you carry when you can't carry something bigger
              Take a young person shooting.... Take 2 or more if you can...

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                #8
                If the low bore axis actually does work to mitigate recoil this could be very interesting. I would be curious to see how well it scales up to full size applications. On a full sized pistol the fixed barrel would add to inherent accuracy given quality materials and workmanship.

                Now let's see them do 10mm... lol.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Lostinthewoods View Post
                  If the low bore axis actually does work to mitigate recoil this could be very interesting. I would be curious to see how well it scales up to full size applications. On a full sized pistol the fixed barrel would add to inherent accuracy given quality materials and workmanship.

                  Now let's see them do 10mm... lol.
                  Most of the micro-nines are moderately to extremely a bitch. I was drooling over the Solo, and another member from the place that shall not be mentioned, was discussing reliability issues a friend was having. In pm's, he said it sucked so bad, that it just wasn't worth it. Now of course there are mixed opinions on tiny 9's, and I have been resisting temptation on a Sig P938 for a while. I still might bite the bullet, lol, on this Heizer. I like their products, except the mini AR, and mini AK, due to horrible penetration, but the single shots are pretty neat, but over priced. At least this has a magazine, so bitch to shoot, or not, worth investigating. In 10mm? Hahaha!
                  Last edited by MSA77; 05-02-2016, 08:11 AM. Reason: Typo
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by MSA77 View Post

                    Most of the micro-nines are moderately to extremely a bitch. I was drooling over the Solo, and another member from the place that shall not be mentioned, was discussing reliability issues a friend was having. In pm's, he said it sucked so bad, that it just wasn't worth it. Now of course there are mixed opinions on tiny 9's, and I have been resisting temptation on a Sig P938 for a while. I still might bite the bullet, lol, on this Heizer. I like their products, except the mini AR, and mini AK, due to horrible penetration, but the single shots are pretty neat, but over priced. At least this has a magazine, so bitch to shoot, or not, worth investigating. In 10mm? Hahaha!
                    I have a Shield in 9mm. It's not exactly a micro pistol but it is a pussycat to shoot. I love .45 acp and shoot the heck out of it. If reliability reports on the PKO-45 are good I will definitely take the plunge.

                    I have shot a Solo in 9mm. I had no issues with it and would even consider one from that experience. It was very accurate and pretty soft shooting. I think many people that have issues with poor reliability in semi-autos, especially small/micro pieces, suffer from poor shooting technique. A strong two-handed isosceles stance with thumbs forward and properly locked wrists with shoulders rotated forward will cure a lot of feeding issues. It will also tame these guns considerably.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Lostinthewoods View Post

                      I have a Shield in 9mm. It's not exactly a micro pistol but it is a pussycat to shoot. I love .45 acp and shoot the heck out of it. If reliability reports on the PKO-45 are good I will definitely take the plunge.

                      I have shot a Solo in 9mm. I had no issues with it and would even consider one from that experience. It was very accurate and pretty soft shooting. I think many people that have issues with poor reliability in semi-autos, especially small/micro pieces, suffer from poor shooting technique. A strong two-handed isosceles stance with thumbs forward and properly locked wrists with shoulders rotated forward will cure a lot of feeding issues. It will also tame these guns considerably.
                      Thanks for posting. I am now officially in trouble. I was truly wondering why many reviews online basically confirm what you posted, but I am cynical, and thought that there might be some quid pro quo in those reviews. Like "Hey keep that eval we sent you" in exchange for good reviews. I have shot the Shield in 9mm and .40, and it is fun to shoot in both, but of course it is certainly no micro. I guess it is a compact. None of my friends had a true micro, but I have shot the LC9 without issue. Snappy, yes, but so is my PPK in .380. Yes, I admit it, I have a .380, lol, and my testes did drop! I owned it for over 30 years, and there wasn't much else in its class back then. Now I have to shoot the Solo.
                      Last edited by MSA77; 05-02-2016, 09:08 AM. Reason: Asked about reliability issues out of the box, but then realized Lost shot it, didn't buy it...
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